Virtual Alternative Christmas Market December 11-12.
So just what IS the “Alternative Christmas Market?”
It is an opportunity to give a gift in the name of family or friends that may not need more “stuff” but gifts that will change the lives of individuals all over the world. These gifts are unique… memorable…gifts that keep on giving long after the Christmas tree is down and the decorations are all put away. Visit the websites of the organizations listed in their information to learn about their work. Some of them were founded by our parishioners or members of the community. We invite you to support these not-for-profits and give a gift in the name of someone as your Christmas gift to them…a gift that changes lives.
- UB Student Life Student Emergency Fund awards grants to eligible students who are experiencing unforeseen hardship that could impact their ability to remain enrolled in school. Temporary financial assistance is available for immediate and current emergency situations including when a student experiences a death in the family, is the victim of a crime or accident, loses property or income, or has some kind of unanticipated educational expense beyond tuition. The student emergency funds are designated to off-set short-term financial need and are not intended to replace or supplement financial aid or scholarships. All situations are unique and are evaluated carefully and confidentially. Emergency funds can be used for a variety of expenses that are necessary to support a student’s well-being. Examples include off-campus rent, utilities, transportation, food, medical care or child care. Ineligible expenses include charges owed to the University like tuition or fees, parking tickets, or credit card debt. Donations can be made online at www.buffalo.edu/studentlife/emergency-funds and by clicking on ‘Support the Student Emergency Funds.’ DECEMBER 5, 2021 3269 Main Street Buffalo, New York 14214 | (716) 833-0298 | Website: stjosephbuffalo.org
- For 30+ years, Mothers Clubs of Haiti, a non-profit charity now recognized as a National Program in Haiti, has worked with the women of Haiti to improve their standard of living through low interest loans to start businesses for self-sustainability. It has empowered them. It has fed their families, it has provided much for their communities. Over 20,000 loan opportunities have helped both women (currently over 1,000 members) and now men (Men’s Solidarity – with over 3,000 members). Men receive entrepreneurship training and then secure their own funds for their loans. This, indeed, was a dollar and a dream back in 1991. For more information, call parishioner Kathy Mang at 716- 997-2010. To donate, make check payable to Mothers Clubs of Haiti and send to: Barbara Grove, Director, 311 1st St. NW, Crosby, MN 56441 or Katherine Mang, 129 Treebrooke Ct., Williamsville, NY 14221. God bless and thank you for all your support you’ve given Mothers Clubs all these years. Website: www.mclubsth.org
- Heifer International: Thanks to each of you who have previously donated to Heifer International. This year I am giving gift cards (See Heifer International Gift Catalog and scroll to gift cards) so my grandchildren will have the power to choose the gift that they would like to give and learn about Heifer’s work and mission. Through our gifts of livestock/ seeds/trees etc., training in environmentally sound practices, and community empowerment, families experience the dignity of self-reliance, put food on the table, earn income for clean water, medicine, and school. Our donation makes this transformation possible and forges a bond with families around the world. Through the Heifer practice of a recipient family “passing on the gift” of the first-born or equivalent, to another family in need, we all are partners in ending hunger and poverty while caring for the earth. Questions: email@example.com, heifer.org or 855-948- 6437.
- Future in Our Hands, USA is 15 years strong and continues to help communities overcome poverty in Kenya & Zambia. This year, FIOH-USA funded an agricultural trading project to empower women in Zambia, healthy harvest demonstration gardens in Kisumu and Kisii, Kenya, as well as emergency food distribution, face masks and hand soap along with community education to prevent the spread of Covid19. To help us continue our work, contribute at: futureinourhandsusa.org or send a check payable to FIOH-USA to parishioner Mary Ellen Dye, 88 Huntington Ct. Williamsville, NY 14221.
- Global African Village is a small all-volunteer nonprofit that provides humanitarian assistance to the impoverished Bagishu people of rural Uganda. Its primary projects are education, health care, infrastructure improvement, and smallbusiness development. Donations are gratefully accepted through PayPal on their website: www.globalafricanvillage.org. or at Global African Village, 37 Devereaux Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14214.
- Hekima Place provides a loving home for orphaned and vulnerable girls in Kenya. We are committed to giving our girls a high quality education, nutritious meals, and good health care. Hekima Place has a new component-Hekima Hills Learning Center which is a school open to boys and girls Pre-K through Grade 5. There are 200 students enrolled, 40 of whom are on full scholarships. Hekima Place is a family and a vibrant community based upon love, faith and respect. Go to www.hekimaplace.org to learn more and to donate.
- The Tool Library has a demonstrated track record of success providing affordable access to tools, hands-on skill-building, and supporting community-based change over the past nine years. As a community-driven non-profit, a membership to the Tool Library gives community members access to thousands of tools and dozens of workshops and events, all for an affordable annual membership. Whether you’re a renter on a budget, a homeowner with a fixer-upper, or a block club organizing a cleanup, The Tool Library provides the tools and resources to turn ideas into action! To learn more, sign up to become a member, or support our work in the community visit www.thetoollibrary.org.
- Bikes for Refugees Project will be held again in Spring, 2022. Last year’s project was extremely successful; we collected, repaired and distributed over 300 bikes to refugee children and adults in our community. The bikes provide essential transportation for adults and a means of socialization for young people. Contributions will support the incidentals required to make bike riding safe and secure – helmets, locks, water bottles as well as costs incurred with fixing donated bikes. Checks can be made payable to the St. Vincent de Paul Society, but in the memo line please indicate that it is for the Refugee Bike Project. Send the donations to the Parish office, 3269 Main St., Buffalo, NY 14214